60,000 Health officers to monitor COVID-19 at school reopening in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to ensure that the guidelines of the COVID-19 protocols are strictly adhered to as Nigerian schools reopen October 12, the Federal Government has announced plans to deploy 60,000 Environmental Health Emergency Volunteers to schools in 774 Local Government Areas across the country.

Mohammad Abubakar, Honourable Minister for Environment, who announced this Monday, October 5, in Abuja, FCT, stated that the deployment is to ensure that the guidelines of the COVID-19 protocols are strictly adhered to as schools reopen on October 12.

ConsumerConnect reports Abubakar said the health officers would be assisting the schools to adopt basic safety measures such as hand washing, compulsory use of face mask, temperature checks as well as physical distancing.

The Minister said: “As a major stakeholder, the Ministry of the environment is set to play its role in the entire chain of events in school reopening.

“We shall be activating 6,000 of such volunteers to cover schools in all the 774 local governments in the Federation,” the Minister said

According to Abubakar, the 6,000 volunteers will be working with stakeholders at the national level with guidelines.

There will be monitoring, and evaluation by the Federal Government to ensure strict compliance of health protocols by schools across the country, said he.

Abubakar as well stressed that the volunteers would be employed, based on their previous performances while carrying out examination surveillance.

Recall that the Federal Government recently ordered unity schools, which were earlier closed due to outbreak the COVID-19 pandemic, to reopen October 12, 2020.

Malam Adamu Adamu, Honourable Minister for Education, had announced that the decision was reached after due consultations with relevant stakeholders and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

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